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We Travel the Spaceway: Space Chants & Future Sounds Jazz Ensemble Concert

Event Details:

Event Type: Announcement
Time: Friday, September 30, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Categories: Entertainment

Location Description:

Herrick Chapel, 1128 Park Street 

This event is free and open to the public 

Event Description:

GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell College Music Department will showcase “We Travel the Spaceways: Space Chants and Future Sounds” Jazz Ensemble concert on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

“We Travel the Spaceways: Space Chants and Future Sounds” celebrates Black and queer artists who have carved out figurative spaces for themselves in literal space. This concert is a collaboration between the Grinnell Jazz Ensemble and the First-Year Tutorial class, Janelle Monáe and Afrofuturism, both taught by Mark Laver, associate professor of music. The project invites students to consider work by artists including Sun Ra, Jaimie Breezy Branch, Moses Sumney, George Clinton, and Monáe. It culminate with a concert in Herrick Chapel on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., featuring a musical performance by the Grinnell Jazz Ensemble and the arrival of the mothership – a spaceship installation researched, designed, and constructed by Laver’s tutorial class. The spaceship pays tribute to the ship that was included in George Clinton’s performances with his band, Parliament.  

This project is supported by the Grinnell College Music Department, Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership, and the Stew Makerspace in tandem with the Grinnell Area Arts Council, as well as faculty and staff from the Department of Theatre and Dance, Kate Baumgartner ’15, and Stuben Farrar.

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